The predominant makeup of Comcast involves entertainment, but recently a new venture was announced. This new service could help seniors and other adults who have chronic health issues be safer at home. This venture would provide monitoring devices in the home that can detect falls, determine how often a person gets to the bathroom, how much time they spend in bed, and even call emergency services if necessary.
It is not the same as some other devices that are voice-activated; this new technology is intended to monitor a person’s activity in order to keep them safe. This is a potentially powerful asset for in-home health care services.
As reported by The Motley Fool in its news blog, Comcast Is Investing in European TV and … Home Health Care? written by Nicholas Rossolillo:
“As CNBC reported in May, Comcast is working on an in-home health detection device that will start testing later this year and have a broader rollout in 2020. However, this is not an entry into the crowded smart speaker industry dominated by Amazon.com‘s Echo and Alphabet‘s Google Home. Instead of a voice-operated assistant and smart home hub, Comcast is looking to position sensors around the home that will serve as a detection service for those with health risks, seniors and people with disabilities living independently at home. Developers of the service say the sensors will be geared to detect falls, monitoring the frequency of trips to the bathroom, track the amount of time spent in bed, and have the ability to call 911.”
Smart home devices are already in place in millions of homes throughout the country, and instead of trying to get involved in a slugfest for any market share, Comcast is focused instead on the day-to-day life needs of those who may benefit from in-home healthcare.
Smartwatches, like those made by Apple and Fitbit, have been the predominant health monitoring technologies to date, but for the generation over 55 years of age, not many are turning to them for help. That’s where Comcast believes they can get involved in the home health care industry and capitalize on this growing need.
The revenue potential for Comcast and other players who may enter into this technological sphere are significant. In all of its coverage areas, there’s an estimated 100 million people over the age of 55 right now. That’s a large demographic and huge potential for a company looking to expand its portfolio. Whatever its motivation, effective devices can make it more feasible for people with chronic health issues to remain home.